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Stone Arabia tells the story of a brother and sister, Nik and Denise, now in their 40s. The sister is the reluctant caregiver in the family, dealing with an ailing mother and single-parenting her 20-something daughter. The brother is a failed rock musician. Rather than confront his lack of success head-on, Nik creates a highly detailed fictional world where his imaginary band releases records; they're reviewed; there's correspondence with "fans"; fawning press coverage; and more. It's all very ornate, and somewhat charming; if also deranged. He actually makes the music, too, and dutifully sends off hand-crafted editions to his immediate friends and family. But he's winding down his main musical series - a set of CDs started at 20 and he's just issued #1 - and his sister fears the worst....
©2011 Dana Spiotta (P)2011 Dana Spiotta. All rights reserved.
"Stone Arabia is a rock n’ roll novel like no other. Where desire for legacy tangles with fantasy. And identity and memory are in and out of control. A loser’s game of conceit, deceit, passion, love and the raw mystery of superstar desire." (Thurston Moore)